Monday Column Reprise
Note from Dan: While I’m on vacation, I’m treating you to some columns from the past. This one originally ran Nov. 28, 2010, and a prompted a huge response, including a few calls and letterS from readers who thought it was serious.
Happy holidays, everyone!
It seems like yesterday when I was writing our last family holiday letter.
Well, it sure has been an action-packed year.
It started way back in February, when dear old Dad moved in after he was diagnosed with stage-three syphilis.
Apparently he’d contracted it in the service decades ago and paid no attention to symptoms from the first two stages.
Silly Dad! Isn’t that just like him?
His symptoms emerged with a vengeance in February.
The good news is, the docs at Carilion Clinic fixed him up with a really nice prosthetic nose. The bad news is, medical science hasn’t yet come up with a prosthetic brain — and Dad’s losing his mind.
On a shopping outing at Valley View Mall the other day, he asked me, “Who’s that fat guy with the white beard in the red clown suit?”
But his mood’s been great — much better than the usually grumpy old man you all knew. So we’re sure he’ll have a great time this season.
There has been LOTS more excitement on the FAMILY front!
I don’t know if you heard, but Missy, 17, was doing great in her junior year at Patrick Henry High School.
She was getting all A’s in her Advanced Placement classes, and Dartmouth and Cornell sent us early admission come-ons because she aced the SAT.
Then she found out she was pregnant. Things kind of went downhill after that. She dropped out in April, but she’s the star pupil in her GED class.
READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN HERE.